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A change of focus

April 7, 2008

By Pastor Dan Swanson, First Baptist Church, Cokato

At First Baptist, we’ve been watching a video series called “The Truth Project.” It is taught by Dr. Del Tackett, and seeks to help believers to begin to develop a Biblical world view.

The goal is to see the face of God as revealed in the Bible and then to begin to re-shape how we see our world in the light of God.

When we look at the Biblical disclosure of how we ought to see life and our world, we are startled by the clarity and the challenge before us. For example, the Apostle Paul wrote to the believers in Colossae by saying, “If you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on the earth.” (Col. 3:1, 2)

It is easy to see that we need a better starting point for our thinking than what this world in itself can offer.

When I was a young Christian, I heard so many people say, “You don’t want to be so heavenly-minded that you’re no earthly good, do you?” After thinking about that concept, I would now answer it so very differently.

Now, I would say, “I want to be obedient to my Lord! He seems to think that if my starting point, my continuing point, is that place where Jesus is, it will help me to be more earthly good!”

Is it possible that the Word of God gives us counsel that will make us more productive citizens, not only of heaven, but also of earth? A Biblical world view as both a starting point and as a way to continue is indeed what Paul is looking at for the Colossians.

Set your mind, tune in regularly to God’s concerns. It will not only prepare us individually for another world – another life, but it will also give us a greater concern for helping others.

The Old Testament prophet Micah tells us what God’s chief concerns are: “doing justice, loving kindness and walking humbly with our God.” (Micah 6:8) When my heart and mind is set on the things of God’s heart, I will not just look at Heaven, but I’ll try to make a difference here, too. I’ve been raised with Christ, so my mind needs to be raised, as well.

Change your focus – that’s the real challenge!

Note: Last week’s Pastor’s Corner was provided by Pastor Marc Grindle of Dassel Church of Christ, not by Marc Trujillo, as stated.